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The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs. Beeton
The First Domestic Goddess
Written by Kathryn Hughes

Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: May 8, 2007
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27866-1 (0-307-27866-2)

In Victorian England there was only one fail-safe authority on matters ranging from fashion to puddings to scullery maids: Beeton’s Book of Household Management. In this delightful, superbly researched biography, award-winning historian Kathryn Hughes pulls back the lace curtains to reveal the woman behind the book—Mrs. Beeton, the first domestic diva... Read more >

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Edge of Empire
Lives, Culture, and Conquest in the East, 1750-1850
Written by Maya Jasanoff

Format: Trade Paperback, 420 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 12, 2006
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7546-1 (1-4000-7546-7)

Winner of the 2005 Duff Cooper Prize

A Palladian villa filled with Western artifacts in the middle of Calcutta's central banana depot, the Mughal Emperor's letters uncovered in the back room of an archive in the French Alps, the name of a long-dead English diplomat feebly scratched into the stone of an... Read more >
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A Biography
Written by Roy Jenkins

Format: Trade Paperback, 768 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: November 12, 2002
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6641-1 (0-8129-6641-4)

From the New York Times bestselling author of Churchill, a towering historical biography, available for the first time in paperback.

William Gladstone was, with Tennyson, Newman, Dickens, Carlyle, and Darwin, one of the stars of nineteenth-century British life. He spent sixty-three of his eighty-nine years in the House of Commons and was... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Outcast London
A Study in the Relationship Between Classes in Victorian Society
Written by Gareth Stedman Jones

Format: Trade Paperback, 480 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 19, 2014
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-012-4 (1-78168-012-4)

At the time the largest city in the world, Victorian London intrigued and appalled politicians, clergymen, novelists and social investigators. Dickens, Mayhew, Booth, Gissing and George Bernard Shaw, to name but a few, developed a morbid fascination with its sullied streets and the sensational gulf between London classes. Outcast London  explores the London economy, in... Read more >
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The Warrior and World of Chivalry
Written by Robert Jones

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-312-6 (1-84908-312-6)

From a life-long student of the medieval long sword and medieval history comes a comprehensive overview of the Age of the Knights. Jones shows that behind the popular image of the knight in shining armor lies a world that is both more complex and more fascinating. Were knights glory-seeking, bloodthirsty thugs... Read more >

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Gypsies of Britain

Written by Janet Keet-Black

Format: Trade Paperback, 56 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: June 18, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1236-4 (0-7478-1236-5)

This title tells the story of the Romany Gypsies in Britain - where they came from, how they arrived. It explores their travelling way of life and their traditional occupations, including harvesting, making baskets, dealing in horses, fortune telling and rat catching to royalty. It reveals their service as preachers and... Read more >
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Benjamin Disraeli

Written by Adam Kirsch

Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Schocken
On Sale: September 2, 2008
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8052-4249-2 (0-8052-4249-X)

A dandy, a best-selling novelist, and a man of political and sexual intrigue, Benjamin Disraeli was one of the most captivating figures of the nineteenth century. His flirtation with proto-Zionism, his ideas about power and empire, and his fantasies about the Middle East remain prophetically relevant today. How a man who... Read more >
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Master of Shadows
The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens
Written by Mark Lamster

Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 5, 2010
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38735-6 (0-307-38735-6)

Although his popularity is eclipsed by Rembrandt today, Peter Paul Rubens was revered by his contemporaries as the greatest painter of his era, if not of all history. His undeniable artistic genius, bolstered by a modest disposition and a reputation as a man of tact and discretion, made him a favorite... Read more >
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Seven Pillars of Wisdom
A Triumph (The Authorized Doubleday/Doran Edition)
Written by T.E. Lawrence

Format: Trade Paperback, 784 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 1, 1991
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-41895-9 (0-385-41895-7)

In Seven Pillars of Wisdom, T. E. Lawrence—universally known as Lawrence of Arabia—tells the story of his role in the Arab revolt against the Turks. It was a minor, diversionary theater of World War I for the British, whose focus was on the European front, but a profoundly meaningful struggle for... Read more >

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Jews in Britain

Written by Michael Leventhal

Format: Trade Paperback, 70 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1230-2 (0-7478-1230-6)

The Jewish community is the oldest ethnic minority in the country. This book tells the epic story of Jews in Britain over a thousand years. Many came as wealthy traders - others as desperate refugees. Sometimes they were feared and had to lead secret lives. At other times they stood shoulder... Read more >
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The Peninsular War Atlas

Written by Nick Lipscombe

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: November 23, 2010
Price: $75.00
ISBN: 978-1-84908-364-5 (1-84908-364-9)

The Peninsular War saw some of the bloodiest fighting of the Napoleonic Wars. Over a period of five years, it is estimated that half a million soldiers and civilians were killed. The battles, however, are less well-known than those of other Napoleonic battles; despite the exposure given to this theater in... Read more >

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Ma, He Sold Me for a Few Cigarettes
A Memoir of Dublin in the 1950s
Written by Martha Long

Format: Hardcover, 480 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: November 13, 2012
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-414-5 (1-60980-414-7)

When Martha Long’s feckless mother hooks up with the Jackser (“that bandy aul bastard”), and starts having more babies, the abuse and poverty in the house grow more acute. Martha is regularly sent out to beg and more often steal, and her wiles (as a child of 7, 8) are often... Read more >
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Pillboxes and Tank Traps

Written by Bernard Lowry

Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: September 23, 2014
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1356-9 (0-7478-1356-6)

The very real threat of the invasion of Britain in 1940 initiated a huge military construction program. Around the vulnerable coasts of the country, as well as inland, were built thousands of pillboxes, anti-tank barriers and other obstacles to defeat or delay the invader.

The end of WWII saw much cleared... Read more >
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Agent Zigzag
A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
Written by Ben Macintyre

Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: August 12, 2008
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-35341-2 (0-307-35341-9)

“Ben Macintyre’s rollicking, spellbinding Agent Zigzag blends the spy-versus-
spy machinations of John le Carré with the high farce of Evelyn Waugh.”
—William Grimes, The New York Times

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Washington Post Best Book of 2007
One of the Top 10 Best Books of 2007 (Entertainment Weekly)
New York... Read more >

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A Spy Among Friends
Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
Written by Ben Macintyre
Afterword by John Le Carre

Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Publisher: Crown
On Sale: July 29, 2014
Price: $27.00
ISBN: 978-0-8041-3663-1 (0-8041-3663-7)

In Ben Macintyre's new book, A Spy Among Friends, he tackles the rise and fall of Kim Philby, MI6's Cambridge-bred golden boy who used his perch high in the intelligence world to betray friend and country to the Soviet Union for over two decades. In Macintyre's telling, Philby's story is the tale of... Read more >

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Franklin and Winston
An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
Written by Jon Meacham

Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7282-5 (0-8129-7282-1)

Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were the greatest leaders of “the Greatest Generation.” In Franklin and Winston, Jon Meacham explores the fascinating relationship between the two men who worked together and achieved victory in World War II.

It was a crucial friendship, and a unique one—a president and a prime minister spending... Read more >

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The Enemy Within

Written by Seumas Milne

Format: Trade Paperback, 488 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: April 1, 2014
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-342-2 (1-78168-342-5)

Margaret Thatcher branded the leaders of the 1984-85 miners strike “the enemy within.” In this classic account, Seumas Milne reveals the astonishing lengths to which her government and its intelligence machine were prepared to go to destroy the power of Britain’s miners union.
In this 30th anniversary edition new material brings the story up to date with further revelations about the secret... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Margaret Thatcher
From Grantham to the Falklands
Written by Charles Moore

Format: Hardcover, 896 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 21, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-95894-5 (0-307-95894-9)

With unequaled authority and dramatic detail, the first volume of Charles Moore’s authorized biography of Margaret Thatcher reveals as never before the early life, rise to power, and first years as prime minister of the woman who transformed Britain and the world in the late twentieth century. Moore has had unique... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Saint Thomas More
Selected Writings
Written by Thomas More
Edited by John F. Thornton

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 8, 2003
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72572-2 (0-375-72572-5)

A Vintage Spiritual Classic

Thomas More is perhaps most familiar to us from his courageous struggle with Henry VIII, unforgettably portrayed in Robert Bolt’s classic, A Man for All Seasons. But that final struggle, which ended in his execution for treason, was only the crowning act in a life that he had... Read more >

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Blitz - An Illustrated History

Written by Gavin Mortimer
Compiled by The Mirror Group

Format: Hardcover, 200 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: October 19, 2010
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-84908-424-6 (1-84908-424-6)

The winter of 1940-41 was the season of the Blitz. From St Paul’s Cathedral to the East End, from the very heart of the capital to the cities of the midlands, throughout the length and breadth of the land the bombs rained down as Germany attempted to bludgeon Britain into submission... Read more >

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The SBS in World War II: An Illustrated History

Written by Gavin Mortimer

Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-189-8 (1-78200-189-1)

The Special Boat Squadron (SBS) was Britain’s most exclusive Special Forces unit, similar to the US Navy SEALS. Highly trained, highly secretive and utterly ruthless, the SBS was established as an entity in its own right in early 1943, having previously operated under the auspices of the SAS during the war... Read more >
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The Victorian Detective

Written by Alan Moss

Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
Publisher: Shire
On Sale: September 17, 2013
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978-0-7478-1283-8 (0-7478-1283-7)

This book explores the roots of crime solving, telling the story of the iconic Victorian detective and how he cracked criminal cases with superior observations skills and powers of deduction. From murder to train robberies, students will learn how early police detectives tracked down killers and thieves. The book explores the birth of... Read more >
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The Darkest Days
The Truth Behind Britain's Rush to War, 1914
Written by Douglas Newton

Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: August 12, 2014
Price: $34.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-350-7 (1-78168-350-6)

Through a forensic study of the personal papers of many of the key figures on both sides of the debate, historian Douglas Newton pieces together what really went on in the frenetic weeks between the assassination in Sarajevo and the declaration of war on August 4, 1914.

Many recently published histories of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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The Conquest of Saxony AD 782-785
Charlemagne's defeat of Widukind of Westphalia
Written by David Nicolle

Format: Trade Paperback, 96 pages
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
On Sale: August 19, 2014
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-1-78200-825-5 (1-78200-825-X)

Charlemagne's conquests became the driving force in European politics between the Muslim defeat at Poitiers and the Crusades. He dominates the military history of Medieval Europe since his empire spanned France, western Germany, and northern Italy.

Charlemagne's conquest of the Saxons was the hardest fought and most protracted of his wars. It... Read more >

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The Bolter

Written by Frances Osborne

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 4, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47642-5 (0-307-47642-1)

A San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year

In an age of bolters—women who broke the rules and fled their marriages—Idina Sackville was the most celebrated of them all. Her relentless affairs, wild sex parties, and brazen flaunting of convention shocked high society and inspired countless writers and artists, from Nancy... Read more >
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